Tips For Securing Your Bicycle
Never leave your bike unlocked.
- Register your bicycle. Thieves generally look
for bikes that do not have any identification on them. Display your
registration decal on the down or seat tube in a visible location.
Registration will also help authorities identify who to return the bike
if it is recovered.
Try to park your bike in a rack that is visible and
has pedestrian traffic nearby. Thieves steal bikes that are hidden
from view so no one can see them taking the bikes.
Bicycles should always be locked to a rack when parked
Try to lock both wheels and the frame of the bike
to the rack. If you have a "U-lock" you will need to remove the front
wheel in order to lock the frame, back wheel and the front wheel to the
rack. If you have a cable lock, weave the cable through the front
and rear wheels, the frame and the rack. Be sure to keep the cable
off the ground and have it pulled tightly around the bike. This will
make the cable more difficult to reach by thieves and their cutting tools.
- Do not leave your bike in a public area unattended for an extended period of time. Bike thieves may take away unsecured parts over time and render the bicycle unusable.
Photos courtesy of Kryptonite
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January 10, 2012